NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for December 27th, 2018

December 27, 2018


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Part-Time Help Needed NCNGA 

The NC National Guard Association is actively seeking a temporary part time office employee. This position is for 10-15 hours a week beginning mid-January. This temporary position will tentatively end March of 2019. The pay is set at $10/hr. Hours and days of work will be set upon hiring.

If interested, please email your resume to by January 4, 2019.

Member Showcase for NCNGA Annual Convention NCNGA

Are you or do you know a currently serving Guard Soldier or Airmen that is making a significant contribution to their community? The Association is looking for 4-7 individuals to be part of a “Member Showcase” during our Annual Convention in March. Areas of impact could be public service (such as an elected official), volunteerism, heroism, business owner/executive and government service non-elected. If you would like to nominate an individual, please contact Larry Coleman at 984-664-0308 or via email at


58th Annual NCNGA Convention and NCNG Combined Ball Registration NOW OPEN! NCNGA 

Our North Carolina National Guard Association and Convention Committee are proud to announce that this year’s 58th Annual Convention will be hosted at the Hilton Raleigh North Hills in Raleigh, NC between March 16-17. This year we are collaborating with the NCNG and hosting the Combined Event/Ball. We encourage you to book early to reserve your room. Again, this year we will host our Membership Session on a Saturday and Sunday timeframe to minimize conflicts with those on a typical Monday-Friday work schedule and maximize attendance. We are currently wrapping up items like our agenda, entertainment and Convention theme. Once we have these locked in, we will post it on our Facebook page, Weekly Guardsman online newsletter, and on our website. You can sign-up for these resources on our homepage. We appreciate your support and encourage you to take full advantage of our Early Bird prices.

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Free Tickets to the Raleigh Firebirds Basketball! NCNGA 

The North Carolina National Guard Association has two pairs of tickets for a currently serving Soldier or Airmen and their guest to attend the Raleigh Firebirds military appreciation night on the 13th of February at 7:00. The tickets are on a first-come first-serve basis. If you are interested please give us a call at 919-851-3390 or email us at

The Raleigh Firebirds will play their inaugural season in The Basketball League. The Basketball League (TBL) is a new Men’s professional basketball league dedicated to delivering a World Class Professional Basketball experience to the local community, our fans and business partners. TBL provides basketball players the opportunity to make a living playing the game they love in America with a focus on community and positively impacting lives through school visits and clinics that focus on more than just basketball. The Raleigh Firebirds consists of talented professionals that are just starting a professional career, players that have played overseas and now want to play closer to home, and former NBA players who want to continue playing basketball professionally.

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The Minuteman Muster 5K & 8K NCNGA 

The Minuteman Muster 5K & 8K is part of an open house event at the NC National Guard Military Center (near the NC Fairgrounds). The event includes includes USATF Certified 5K & 8K Races, a National Guard & Emergency Services open house, and fun activities for everyone. Presented by Take the Challenge and run BOTH the 5K & 8K races. This year teams of 4 high school runners can compete in the 5K for FREE!

Runners and spectators will enjoy an open house featuring military, emergency management, and law enforcement equipment displays, a rock climbing wall, and other fun activities.

Enjoy the premium race experience provided by Precision Race with state of the art Jaguar timing, real-time race results, and automated finish line photography. The Minuteman Muster 5K & 8K races are part of the Triangle Race Series.

This year the registration price is lower than ever, but the race shirt is available as a $15 option. It will be the same design and type running shirt, but a different color.

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National guardsman reunites with baby girl he carried through snowstorm FOX 46 

LENOIR, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – They say a picture is worth a thousand words but a viral picture of a North Carolina National Guard soldier carrying a baby through the snow had a lot more to say. The photo captured the hearts of many across the nation.

Thursday, Sgt. Donovan McPherson actually got to hold Saylor this time in a Lenior restaurant.

He carried her in her car seat a couple of weeks ago to safety during a massive winter storm on December 9. Her family was snowed in and trapped.

“I actually didn’t get to see her before because she was covered up,” said McPherson.

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‘Mommy came out of the box.’ Army mom surprises her daughter on 6th birthday. News & Observer 

Nevaeh Medlin didn’t get the baby unicorn she wanted for her 6th birthday, but the big blue box in Timber Drive Elementary School’s cafeteria held an even better present for the kindergartner.

As Nevaeh stepped closer, the box suddenly opened to reveal her mother, North Carolina Army National Guard Specialist Sydney Childers-Davis, who had been deployed overseas for more than six months. Cries of “mommy, mommy” filled the cafeteria as Childers-Davis picked up Nevaeh.

The Dec. 5 homecoming surprise is something that Childers-Davis said she knew she had to do after seeing how upset Nevaeh had been that she couldn’t come back for Thanksgiving.

“I just knew her birthday was a big deal,” Childers-Davis said in a Wake County school system video. “I had to come back for her birthday.”

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Get 20% off a Treetop Adventure GoApe, courtesy of the NCNG! NCNG 

TREETOP ADVENTURE – Way more than just zip lines, Go Ape Treetop Adventure is a 2-3 hour exhilarating journey through the forest canopy. Experience unique suspended obstacles, Tarzan swings and breathtaking zip lines that will keep you flying through the trees – all with an incredible view. Supervision and other restrictions apply.

TREETOP JUNIOR (SELECT LOCATIONS) – Perfect for new adventurers of all ages, Go Ape Treetop Junior offers a 1-hour exhilarating outdoor adventure experience. Tackle elevated multi-action obstacles in the trees and close it out with an epic zip line. Supervision and other restrictions apply. Check out our website for locations with Treetop Juniors. LEARN MORE AT GOAPE.COM

Visit GOAPE.COM for the most up-to-date information on locations, pricing, height, weight, age and supervision requirements.

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3rd NCNG Educational Foundation Cruise for Charity NCNGEF 

The North Carolina National Guard Education Foundation is holding it’s 3rd Cruise for Charity! Royal Carribean will set sail on their Adventure Of the Seas cruise on January 19, from Ft. Lauderdale. Cabins start at $709, with a $250/person deposit. Some of the proceeds from each cabin will go to the NCNG Education Foundation.

Click below to register, or email for questions.

Prices are per person, double occupancy, based on availability and subject to change without notice.

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December 27th — Today in Guard History National Guard 

1845 Newark, New Jersey – During the middle 19th century duty in one of the uniformed volunteer companies in most major cities involved not only military training but also the need to raise money to support the company. Except for arms issued by the state there was little or no state or federal financial aid to help keep these units prepared for emergencies. To cover the costs of armory rent, dress uniforms and travel to participate in parades and ceremonies in other communities (sometimes even in other states) the units themselves had to pay for everything. To raise money many units held holiday balls and dances, charging the public to attend. The Newark City Guard was one such unit, advertising a holiday “Gala” in 1845 to include a banquet and dancing to celebrate the new year. Other fund-raising functions done by some units included bake sales (with their wives baking most of the goods sold) and expositions of military drill such as marching and bayonet drills for paying audiences. Large units having bands as part of their organizations gave paid concerts. Many of these aspects of Guard life would continue until after World War II, by which time almost all expenses were paid by the government. In the early 21st century few units still maintain distinctive dress uniforms and those who do still have to pay for them from private, not governmental, funds.

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